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Traces of COVID-19 can be detected in sewage, thus giving the health officials an early warning of local outbreaks of the virus, stated the British government.
A project which was initiated in June has proved that fragments of genetic material from the virus can be detected in waste water, and thus suggest if a local community or institution is experiencing a surge in cases. This would help health officials identify large outbreaks, particularly where there are carriers not displaying any symptoms and they would be able to encourage people to get tested or take appropriate precautions. The sewage-testing project has been extended to 90 waste water sites and presently covers 22% of England… (Reuters, October 23, 2020)